Definition of denote verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    denote

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denote
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊt//
     
    he / she / it denotes
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊts//
     
    past simple denoted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊtɪd//
     
    past participle denoted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊtɪd//
     
    -ing form denoting
    BrE BrE//dɪˈnəʊtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnoʊtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1denote something | denote that… to be a sign of something synonym indicate A very high temperature often denotes a serious illness.
  2. 2denote something | denote what, when, etc… to mean something synonym represent In this example ‘X’ denotes the time taken and ‘Y’ denotes the distance covered. The red triangle denotes danger. Here ‘family’ denotes mother, father and children.
  3. compare connote
    Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘be a sign of, mark out’): from French dénoter or Latin denotare, from de- ‘away, thoroughly’ + notare ‘observe, note’ (from nota ‘a mark’).Extra examples Such headdresses denoted accomplished warriors and were adopted from the Plains tribes. The Hebrew term used here simply denotes a young girl. The white belt signifies/​denotes that he’s an absolute beginner.
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